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America Works Initiative

Helping your company and our country solve our workforce challenges

America Works Initiative

America is facing a double-dose of workforce challenges: There are too many people without jobs. And there are too many jobs without people to fill them.

The result: Too many businesses that can’t grow, compete, and thrive. And too many workers who can't realize their American dreams.

Through the America Works Initiative, we’re working to solve these issues. We're helping employers like you across the country develop and discover the talent you need.

A national crisis by the numbers

Understanding the problem

Discover some of the underlying workforce issues, find out which states and industries have been hit the hardest, and hear from some of the top local business leaders and industry economists from around the country.

Explore the findings

Case Studies

Programs and Solutions to Help Your Company

Develop the talent your industry needs

Solutions

Since 2015, through the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management initiative, we have helped more than 2,000 employers partner with educators and economic development leaders to help make sure tomorrow’s workers are developing just the right skills to meet employer needs — and in the process, we're making sure those employers have the talent they need to compete, grow, and thrive.

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The right message. For the right people. For the right jobs.

The right message. For the right people. For the right jobs.

Solutions

Through a network of more than 500 organizations, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s T3 Innovation Network and Jobs and Employment Data Exchange (JEDx) are using the latest tech and data to better match the right people with the right jobs.

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New ways to finance education and training

Solutions

We're reimagining how America finances and invests in the development and upskilling of a competitive workforce. In partnership with leading thinkers and doers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Greater Houston Partnership, SHRM, Education Finance Council, Social Finance, and National Association of Workforce Boards, the U.S. Chamber Foundation launched Talent Finance. It's a new approach to paying for education and skills training to create more opportunity, more inclusion, more jobs, for more people.

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The talent is out there. If you know where to look.

The talent is out there. If you know where to look.

Solutions

Since 2011, more than 617,000 veterans and military spouses have found employment through the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) program. Through world-class hiring events, digital programs, and fellowships, HOH connects companies with the military community to discover heroic talent.

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Second-chance job seekers. First-rate employees.

Second-chance job seekers. First-rate employees.

Solutions

More employers are providing inmates and ex-offenders the training and support they need to re-enter the workforce. Building these pathways for the formerly incarcerated can help not only those individuals, but also your company in addressing its workforce needs.

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The America Works Agenda

Every day, from the halls of Congress to state capitals across the nation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is fighting for government policies that will help more workers find jobs and help more employers find talent. 
 
Through the America Works Agenda, we’re turbocharging these efforts—and we invite you to join us. Call on your elected leaders to take action to help America’s workers and employers by closing the skills gap, growing our country’s workforce, and keeping our economy strong.

Take Action

View the full agenda

Contact Congress

Join the conversation

The America Works Agenda will:

  • Invest in innovative, employer-led workforce training programs to better prepare workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow
  • Fund public-private partnerships at the state and local level that help develop talent based on in-demand jobs and skills in that region
  • Bridge the communication gap between employers and job seekers by modernizing education, employment, and earnings records 
  • Reform our nation’s broken, outdated immigration laws to better meet employer needs, attract the brightest from around the world, and fill gaps in the labor market  
  • Remove barriers to entering the workforce by expanding childcare access and "second-chance" hiring 
  • Give American workers and employers new tools to invest in education and maintain their skills

Get in touch

The U.S. Chamber is here to help. Get in touch today to learn more about our workforce programs.

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